It is important to look after one’s health, so that one can remain healthy and active and form part of a healthy society.
Following a healthy lifestyle can greatly benefit women and all persons with disabilities as this will cause us to feel even better about ourselves. It will contribute towards living a more full and active life.
It is important to note that having a disability is not a reason to neglect one’s health in general.
Striving to follow healthy living in a holistic manner means that it addresses the needs of the whole person, and not just as a person with a disability.
Many women and all persons with disabilities prefer to attend a gym to work out and get fit and healthy. Fortunately some of the gyms are accessible (parking, lift to get to different floor levels, swimming pool hoist) which enables the disabled to access their service.
Here is some info of gyms that are accessible:
Virgin Active encourages everyone to make use of their fitness and health services – this is what they state on their website “Everyone’s welcome at Virgin Active. Young or old. Fit or unfit. It’s all good.”
Most Virgin Active gyms are accessible as mentioned above. Some of the Virgin Active gyms offers services such as a biokineticist, dietitian and physio.
A biokineticist is a health professional who can help you prevent and treat orthopaedic conditions and chronic diseases. They also do exercise testing for athletes and develop programmes for weight loss general fitness muscle strengthening toning and definition. (obtained from Virgin Active website)
Dietitians are all about giving you the tools, guidelines and knowledge to make better food choices. They find out what your eating habits are and what you want to change, then work out the best possible eating plan for you. (obtained from Virgin Active website)
If you’ve suffered an injury, been in an accident or just come out of surgery, a physiotherapist will help you get back up and moving again. They also support patients with permanent disabilities to prevent further damage and increase functionality. (obtained from Virgin Active website)
Vincent Palotti Hospital, Pinelands, Cape Town
The Rehabilitation Unit within the Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands, Cape Town, offers a heated in-house swimming pool where clients can receive hydrotherapy. The water is approximately 34 °C.
Exercise is done in the pool to assist with more effective movement and some relief of pain symptoms.
To make an appointment, contact Mrs A. Africa on 021 531 7232.
Medi-Clinic, Cape Town
The aquatic Rehabilitation Centre at Medi-Clinic Cape Town offers a heated, eco-friendly indoor pool and a gym area. Classes are for more mature ladies. Focus is on light cardiovascular fitness, maintaining mobility in all joints as well as maintaining and building strength of postural and mobilising muscles. Classes are suitable for ladies who have undergone hip, knee and shoulder replacements or suffer from various forms of arthritis. Classes are also suitable for ladies without the above who are serious about their general health and fitness maintenance and need a safe yet effective form of exercise.
Tel: 021 424 5268
Operating hours: 7:45 – 17:30 Monday – Friday